The body is a complex machine that works well when aided by intelligent choices, and is thrown into imbalance when hindered by ignorant choices or environmental stress. Our body has the ability to heal itself and is always trying to bring itself back into alignment. It is in a constant process of healing itself. The main aspects in life that can pull your body out of balance are: – diet, low digestion, genetics, ignoring the natural cycles of the body, routines and tendances, the relationship you have with yourself and others, the type of exercise you do or don’t do, the type of work you do, Time- time of day, time of life/age, time of year/seasons, and the environment in which you live and work. All of these aspects in life can make an impact on your health, pulling you either into or out of balance.
To bring the body back into a healthful state first you must cleanse it, depending on where the problem is located is to how it is done. The stomach is cleansed with induced vomiting by drinking 1 ½ litters of warm salted water this works as a lubricant to stop the bile from burning the digestive tract. All impurities held within the stomach will be released by this process. The large intestine is cleansed by taking 1tbsp Epsom salts or 1 tsp of magnesium oxide in a cup of warm water or juice 2-3 times week once every month. This will clean out any old and trapped waste from the large intestine. For cleansing the small intestine and colon, a colon cleanse or enema with warm oil or salted water is suggested, to flush out any trapped or old waste from the colon and small intestine. If toxins/ama is left in the GI track it will start to putrefy and poison the body, the body will then fall into a state or dis-ease.
Regular detoxes are recommended for keeping the body in a healthful state. Be careful of chemical detoxes! Sometimes the simplest things are often the best and the cheapest way to cleans your body. The best time of year to detox the body is SPRING so now is the time to give your body a kick start for the rest of the year.
Your spring time routine should include:- massages/ abayunga, (as many as you can afford or do them yourself at home with heated black sesame oil in the bathroom before a hot shower) these help to flush the tissues of the body. Any build-up of fat or ama that has accumulated over the winter months can be moved by pushing it out of the tissues and into the fluids of the body. Once you have had a nice hot oil massage a hot bath, shower or even a steam in a sauna is great to help release the ama from the tissues through the sweat. Then after this is when you want to take your Epsom salts or use any of the other purging methods I have described above. If you are unsure about which method is the one you should use please ask your Ayurvedic specialist. Once your body has been flushed, it is time to nourish it, feed it, and fuel it with lots of grounding cleansing fresh vegetables, and fruits. Soup and broths made with spice and ghee. This is the best time of year to do your juicing you only need to do it 3-5 days once a month, juice is actually hard to digest because we don’t have to chew it our saliva isn’t imparted to help with the digesting process and so should not be done over a long period of time (contrary to common belief). You can add ginger or fresh turmeric to your fruit and veg juices to increase the digestibility. It is best to consumed them in the morning or at lunch time when digestion is at its best. Exercising should consist at least 30 min of walking every day, yoga to stretch out the ligaments and tendons is a great way to start the day and will help to keep you supple as your body ages.
Spring is the time of year to be gentle with yourself to detox, rest and to give back to your body. If you take the time during the months of spring to do this for yourself you will reap the benefits for the next 12 months. If you have been sick during the winter it is important to flush out all the accumulated cold wet and heavy out of the body otherwise your body will be plagued with ill health for the rest of the year. This is a great time to start little routines of self-massage, tongue scraping, start exercising, eating unprocessed foods, increasing fresh fruits and vegetables, cutting back on high sugar high carbohydrate foods. Alcohol and coffee is best not consumed in the spring time, as too give the liver time to flush and rebuild over this time. Going to bed before 10 so that the body has plenty of rest to rebuild, regenerate and heal while you are sleeping.
It takes 70% of the body’s energy to fight disease, 70% to digest, 70% to sleep and 30% for vital functions. So sleep is very important but so is not over eating. If your job is sudatory then you will not need to eat as much as someone who has a high energy job does. Our best time of day to eat the majority of our food is between 7am and 2pm after this the body needs its energy for repair. A light meal of soup is all it needs at night. Eating only a light meal at night will help you to sleep better and allows the body to put all of its energy into healing and regeneration instead of digesting. This also helps the body to lose excess weight. It is important thought to eat a lager breakfast and substantial lunch so that your body has all the food it needs and you’re not feeling hungry later on. Herbal teas and water along with light soups are fine when feeling peckish after 2pm. It is hard in our society to have our dinner at 2pm because most of us work till 5.30 and kids are at school till 3.00 so by bring dinner forward by half an hour to an hour will also help. By having a bigger breakfast the body is fuelled properly and will help you to get the most out of your day.
Eating high nutrient foods will also help you to feel fuller longer, the body when getting all the nutrients it needs switches off the “I’m hungry” messages. When we eat processed foods especially processed carbohydrates they body still sends out the “I’m hungry” messages because it hasn’t gotten enough nutrients, this is why it is so easy to over eat processed foods and yet still feel hungry and this is how you put on weight. All processed food like substances are seen as sugar by the body. Sugar is a tissues builder and is stored in the soft tissues around the body.
It’s spring so eat fresh live foods; take a walk, breath in the fresh clean air, sing, dance and laugh but most of all be your own best friend and look after YOU.